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Photos: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf

Celebrating 40 years as America's premier ensemble theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its landmark 2015/16 Subscription Season with a large-scale world premiere production of John Steinbeck's masterpiece EAST OF EDEN. The play is currently in previews for an opening night on September 27. The production runs through November 15, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Adapted by two-time Tony Award winner and ensemble member Frank Galati and directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney, the epic production features a 10-person cast including ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper and Alan Wilder. A full underscore of originally composed music by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen is performed live.

Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California's Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Cathy settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Cathy gives birth to twins Caleb and Aron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War I will threaten their little piece of paradise. EAST OF EDEN is an American epic, grand in scope yet deeply personal, that asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.

Steppenwolf's connection with John Steinbeck can be traced back to the company's 1988 production of The Grapes of Wrath, which Frank Galati adapted and directed. The production transferred to Broadway, California and London and received two Tony Awards-Best Play and Best Director-garnering Steppenwolf international acclaim. Ensemble members Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Terry Kinney and Alan Wilder, who all performed in the original production of The Grapes of Wrath, reunite for this new adaptation of EAST OF EDEN.

The complete cast for EAST OF EDEN features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon along with Casey Thomas Brown as Aron Trask, Aaron Himelstein as Caleb Trask, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Eva/Mrs. Bacon/Nurse, Stephen Park as Lee, Brittany Uomoleale as Abra Bacon and Dan Waller as Joe and Will Hamilton.

The production team includes Walt Spangler (scenic design), Mara Blumenfeld (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music) and Matt Hawkins (fight choreography). Additional credits include Erica Daniels (casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Tickets ($20 - $89) are available through Audience Services (1650 N. Halsted St.), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Aaron Himelstein (Caleb Trask), Casey Thomas Brown (Aron Trask), ensemble member Tim Hopper (Adam Trask), Brittany Uomoleale (Abra Bacon), Elizabeth Laidlaw (Mrs. Bacon) and ensemble member Alan Wilder (Mr. Bacon)

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble member Francis Guinan (Samuel Hamilton), Stephen Park (Lee), and ensemble members Kate Arrington (Cathy Trask) and Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) have dinner together

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Stephen Park (Lee) and ensemble members Tim Hopper (Adam Trask), Francis Guinan (Samuel Hamilton) and Kate Arrington (Cathy Trask) react to the birth of the twins

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble member Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) and Aaron Himelstein (Caleb Trask), Casey Thomas Brown (Aron Trask), and Brittany Uomoleale (Abra Bacon) respond to a gift from Caleb to his father, Adam

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Casey Thomas Brown (Aron Trask) and Brittany Uomoleale (Abra Bacon) discuss the future

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble member Tim Hopper (Adam Trask), Stephen Park (Lee), and ensemble member Francis Guinan (Samuel Hamilton) decide on names for the twins

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble members Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) and Kate Arrington (Cathy Trask) argue after the birth of the twins

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Casey Thomas Brown (Aron Trask) and Brittany Uomoleale (Abra Bacon) embrace

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
(front to back) Casey Thomas Brown (Aron Trask) and Aaron Himelstein (Caleb Trask)

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble members Kate Arrington (Cathy Trask) and Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) reunite

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble members Francis Guinan (Samuel Hamilton) and Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) search for water

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble members Francis Guinan (Samuel Hamilton) and Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) discuss the land

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble member Tim Hopper (Adam Trask) surveys his land

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Ensemble member Kate Arrington (Cathy Trask) embraces her new life

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Aaron Himelstein (Caleb Trask) contemplates his actions

Photo Flash: First Look at John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN at Steppenwolf
Stephen Park (Lee) advises the Trask family


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